Collapsed Catch Basin Leads to Home Back Up: What You Can Do

Catch Basin Replacement- Wilmette, IL

With catch basins, it is inevitable that they will get clogged and collapse. This was no exception in Wilmette.

The catch basin collapsed and dirt began to go into the main sewer from the collapse further causing main sewer backups. Luckily for this homeowner, Rescue Plumbing was able to come out quickly and provide this service!

What is a catch basin?

A man-made hole in the ground that collects water. The different material types include masonry, preformed concrete, or a catch basin box made from plastic.

The different types of materials they are from will determine how will waste be degraded and which water pollutants they are capable of absorbing.


How does a catch basin work?

Flood prevention

These systems are installed to provide storm water management as it collects rainwater runoff before it enters the municipal sewer system. This helps to prevent flooding in your home (flooding can lead to water damage).

When rainwater is collected the waste and dirt will sink to the bottom allowing for the rain water to flow into the sewer system freely.

Disposes of waste

In addition to catching rainwater, it will remove debris from the plumbing waste as it exits your home allowing the now clean liquid to enter the sewage system. The debris will be stored at the bottom until it is removed for disposal.

For instance, as you do dishes, the water and waste from the dirty dishes will drain, and the waste such as grease will sink, while the water enters the sewer where it will be diverted to a sewage treatment plant.

In completing this process it helps to prevent street flooding and sewer backups in your home.

How to maintain your catch basin

By checking your basin regularly, you can ensure that it will function properly. This means you can avoid a plumbing problem like a sewer backup.

Maintenance includes:

Cleaning catch basin on a regular basis.

A good rule of thumb is to clean the basin when the solid waste is about a third full from the lowest pipe. First, use a bucket to remove the water. Then, using a shovel, you can remove the waste and dirt that has accumulated at the bottom. Doing so will prevent clogs.

The collected waste can be contaminated and be hazardous. You should consider how to dispose of the waste based on the types of contaminants it has. If you are unsure as to how to do so, contact Rescue Plumbing to safely and adequately clean it out.

Check catch basin for any clogs.

Clogs may have formed during the constant use. They also form from not being frequently cleaned. If you find that there is a clog, remove it by cleaning the basin.

Once removed, the water flow should be restored. This will also, prevent a sewer backup in your home which can be quite a headache for homeowners.


How to tell if your catch basin needs replacement

If not maintained, clogs and sewer backups can lead to serious damage. In addition, time and constant usage will wear it down.

Warning signs to look out for

– The catch basin has been filled with too much water from rain and leaves.

– There is a sudden increase in sewer backups.

-If you notice an abruptly decrease flow in the sewer pipes.

– The catch basin has loose or cracked joints.

-It has collapsed, cracked, blocks or bricks have caved in.

You can call Rescue Plumbing when you experience any of the problems listed above. Our plumbers will assess the situation upon arrival and will do the necessary work to replace it.

Benefits of replacing your catch basin

The lifespan of catch basins can range anywhere from 10 to 60 years depending on the frequency of its usage. As it reaches the end of its lifespan, it is important that to not ignore the problem.

Some benefits of a new installation include:

-Prevents dirt and hazardous waste from entering the sewer system.

-Helps to reduce backups in main sewers caused by a collapse.

-Prevents long-term damage that may occur if you don’t replace it.

-Helps to avoid flooding in the basement caused by a collapse and sewer overflow.

The process of replacing your basin is easy with our plumbers, as they will take care of removing old pipes and installing new ones as well as disposing of all waste and sewage. Continue reading to see one example of how we have done so.

Wilmette, IL – Catch basin installation

Rescue Plumbing installed a new catch basin at an older home in Wilmette, IL. The customer called to inform us that they were experiencing a clogged kitchen sink.

Assess the problem

Upon arrival, the plumber assessed the situation and found that the kitchen drain pipes were completely backed up. The problem was much larger and the suspected source was the basin.

Locating the source

The catch basin was located in the backyard which had collected water from rain and snowmelt. Upon inspection, the plumber found that it had collapsed. The collapse prevented the flow of water into the sewage system causing the backup in the kitchen sink of the customer.

The customer did right in contacting Rescue Plumbing. If the problem was not addressed right away, the customer would have experienced backups in other areas of their house such as the bathtub, toilet, and so on.



One of the many reasons they collapse is the excessive accumulation of dirt that is collected as it collects water. Once collapsed, there was no way for the water to flow properly from the catch basin into the sewer system. Further causing the main sewer backup.

The solution would require the complete removal of the collapsed basin and the installation of a new one. While this service may sound simple, it indeed was a big one for the professionals.

How to do a catch basin repair

Remove collapse

Our plumber began by digging an area around the catch basin to ensure proper installation. Concrete and asphalt were cut through and removed. Then, water and dirt from the collapsed basin were removed. The plumbers also removed other pieces from the catch basin connecting to the sewer.


Inspect drain pipes

The drainage pipes that connect to the sewer pipes were inspected to remove clogs. Having removed the dirt, water would be able to move freely once the installation was completed.

Build the basin

New adjustment rings and concrete rings were then installed. All connections between sewer and drain were sealed with grout. Then, all material that was previously excavated such as dirt and asphalt was replaced.

Concrete was also poured to reinforce the catch basin. Lastly, it was sealed with a thick and strong lid. After the completion of a messy job, we made sure we left the property clean too.


Job well done

In conclusion, had the customer frequently maintained the catch basin, the collapse could have been avoidable. However, while the home was much older, it was in need of a new basin. Having completed the work, our plumber left the customer satisfied and relieved that they would no longer experience sewer backups anytime soon.


Rescue Plumbing – Professional Plumbers

Like all plumbing systems, a catch basin should be installed by a licensed plumber with experience in sewer line repair. Attempting to replace or repair your own basin and other water services can be a lot of work and dangerous if not done adequately with the proper tools.

Quality assistance

Rescue plumbing will provide service to all homes in the Chicago area. We will be in your home in no time to assess the situation and provide you with a solution meeting all safety standards.

If needed, we provide quality installation services for Wilmette, IL residents, and the Chicago area. Call us at (773)799-8848 to schedule a free estimate Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm.

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